Image: Bay of Sagami, Atami
(Tokyo, 1948 - )

Bay of Sagami, Atami , 1997

Selenium toned gelatin silver print
16 5/8 in. x 21 1/4 in. (42.23 cm x 53.98 cm)
Knight Purchase Fund for Photographic Media
In making his Seascape series, Sugimoto pondered, “What would be the most unchanged scene on the surface of the earth? Can someone today view a scene just as primitive man might have? Although the land is forever changing its form, the sea, I thought, is immutable. Thus began my travels back through time to the ancient seas of the world.”

“My first view of the ocean came as an awakening…. I spied it from a Tokaido Line Train, the seascape passing from left to right…. The horizon line where the azure sea met the brilliant sky was razor sharp, like a samurai sword’s blade. Captivated by this startling yet oddly familiar scene, I felt I was gazing on a primordial landscape. The experience left an indelible mark on me…. Every time I view the sea, I feel a calming sense of security, as if visiting my ancestral home.”
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